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Last call for gift cards for PNC
for mothers to use for children's presents. 
$25 gift cards to Walmart, Target, Kohl's or JCPenney
Drop at PNC by November 30. 

Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC

November 29th, 2020

No in-person worship until after the new year. 

Worship from Home  any time


Virtual Church School!!  Zoom in at 9:30 Sunday (link)

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- Worship at Home-
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Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com

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 Zoom Prayer This Week at 11:30 a.m. Sunday
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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                                                      
  “As an Open and Affirming church:
      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges, nationality or sexual
identity.  We promise to support one another in our personal struggles, to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.”

PRELUDE                        “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” - Charles Callahan                                                                                                                                  
CALL TO WORSHIP                                                            
            Even if we cannot gather in person
Emmanuel, God has come. 
            Even if some Christmas traditions have had to go
Emmanuel, God is coming.
            Even if we might not get to hug family and friends
Emmanuel, God is with us. 
            Even if we cannot sing carols beside each other
Emmanuel, God was, is and always will be. 
            Even so, we will be of good cheer because…
Emmanuel, is God with us, within us, and all around us.  Amen
ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING                               The Candle of Hope
             by the Weicksel Family

HYMN #122       Come, O Long-Expected Jesus                 Stuttgart


Loving God, may our waiting in Advent be pregnant with impatience for the restoration of relationships where they are torn or hurting.  May our quaking in your presence be a sign of our passion for justice for those with no home or no hope. May our trembling on our knees speak of the energy that motivates us to take action for peace.  Living God of delightful waiting, we thank you for this time of deep anticipation. May we live up to our aspirations, and to your promise of a glorious Kingdom which will come. This we pray in the name of Jesus:  Our Father…
      Glory to the Creator, the Christ, the Holy Spirit
      Three in One; As it was in the beginning,
      Is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen 
PASSING OF THE PEACE     May the peace of Christ be with you.
      And also with you.                                       
SCRIPTURE LESSONS                                             Isaiah 64:1-9                                                                                                           Mark 13:24-37
SERMON        Keep Watch!  “What Are We Watching For?”
HYMN #103                  Watcher, Tell Us of the Night      Aberystwyth


HYMN            #110                         Now Bless the God of Israel                Forest Green
            Fanfare on “Wake, Awake for Night is Flying”     -arr, Burkhart    


Advent Begins...
We have an opening for lighting the Advent Wreath the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  If you would like to take part please let Pastor Sue know. 
Watch Here for more Advent and Christmas Information!!

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel from ‘An Advent Suite’” by Charles Callahan, copyright 1994, Morningstar Music Publishers/Birnamwood Publications. All Rights Reserved. One License Song #10-007.1
“Fanfare on “Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying’”, setting by Michael Burkhardt, copyright 1991, Morningstar Music Publishers/Birnamwood Publications. All Rights Reserved. One License Song #98464Hymn #122, Come, O Long-Expected, Jesus (Charles Wesley)  CCLI # 1041036;    Stuttgart (attr. Christian Witt), Public Domain. 
Hymn #103, Watcher, Tell Us of the Night (John Bowring); Aberystwyth (Joseph Parry), words and music Public Domain. 
Hymn #110, Now Bless the God of Israel, (Ruth Duck) One License #91826; Forest Green (Trad. English Melody, harm. R.V. Williams), tune, Public Domain. 
All Hymns from the (NCH) New Century Hymnal; © 1995 The Pilgrim Press, have been granted permission for this one-time use.      
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.  Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116 
Call to Worship adapted from an opening prayer by Christian Aid Scotland for 29 Nov 2020.  Invocation by Ruth Harvey, in The Adventure is Beginning, pp. 12-13


Fellowship of Concern  Please keep in your prayers: those affected by the CoVID-19, especially the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; for working to bear the burdens of others.  For the healing of Shirley Millar; Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Harriet; Janet Allen; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter; John Wohlleber; Deb Janda; George McCullen (and wife Arline); George Danley; Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son); Marj Misovich; Norman Bouchard; and Tom Tuzzio (Beth Thompson’s father); Penny, Bev Sawyer’s sister;  Dave Larson; Louis Foster; Mike Lane; Melanie Ouellette; and Mary Bliven.
Ladies - Please Join Us!

Wednesday, December 9  Noon Hewitt Hall
All ladies are welcome!
Please Bring a $10 Gift to Exchange
We are planning to safe distance & everyone must wear a mask.

November Mission Focus:
PNC Christmas Angels
This year we will be adopting a family for Christmas -- with one change.  Due to health restrictions, PNC has asked for gift cards rather than toys, clothes, etc.  Keep an eye out for the angel tree this month!

The Hunger Awareness for PNC.  Monetary donations will be combined and sent, and food items can be dropped off at the church in the bin outside by the ramp.

““O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence…so that the nations might tremble at your presence!”                                   -Isaiah 64:1-2, adapted
            Advent points us to God’s future – a future pregnant with the promise of restoration, salvation, new life delivered in the birth of a baby.  This promise…is accompanied, like any birth, by elemental moments powerful enough to make mountains quake, nations tremble and the people of God to turn in awe to the One who births us all.  The power of the largest entities we can imagine is nothing the presence of the elemental power of God. 
            Advent stories tell us to “Get ready!” for something momentous is about to happen. 
            Lives are shaken to the core by a violent virus that rips, unsee, through our communities; by a refugee crisis on our borders that is exacerbated by political power games; and so many other issues. 
            In response to God’s call and promise at Advent and in the face of injustice at all times, we are called to be equally shaken, enraged, impassioned to act for justice in the name of Christ whose birth we await.                                                                                                                   - Ruth Harvey, Advent 1

Global Prayers for Israel/Palestine:  
(reiterated from the refrain of Psalm 80, verses 3, 7 and 19): 
       Restore us, O God;
                    Let your face shine, that we may be saved.                                                                    Restore us, O God of hosts;
                     Let your face shine, that we may be saved.
                Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
                  Let your face shine, that we may be saved.


Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am -1 pm

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Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359

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